I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.
Girls don’t come much tougher than Malala Yousafzai.
When she was just a child, the Taliban took control of her home in Swat Valley. During the following years, Malala and her father took a stand against them, fighting for every girl’s right to an education. Malala very nearly paid the ultimate price for her stance when a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus in October 2012, and shot her in the head at point-blank range.
Miraculously, Malala survived. In I Am Malala, she recounts her remarkable story – from her fight for girls’ education, through her survival and recovery after an act of violence that shocked the world, to becoming the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee in history and a global symbol for peaceful protest. Malala’s voice is full of grace, warmth, and sincerity; the pages of her biography resonate with a wisdom beyond her years. However, it’s when she talks about the love of her family, especially her father, where this biography really shines.
I Am Malala is a reminder to us all of the power each of us has to create change for the better. Malala is inspirational, and proof that girls really can do anything.
A documentary has also been made about Malala’s inspiring story. Entitled ‘He Named Me Malala’ it is due to air this month: